Phase V.2: Statehouse Exterior Masonry Restoration

Kansas Statehouse Preservation & Restoration

Restoring & Repairing

The Kansas Statehouse preservation and restoration project included the complete restoration of the exterior masonry on the building. The exterior masonry restoration began with the preparation of accurate and highly detailed exterior elevations of the Capitol.  Laser scanning technology was utilized to create the initial drawings that were confirmed and modified by the design team. This was followed by a comprehensive evaluation process that documented the condition of each stone.

Team members utilized hydro-mobile lifts, articulating arm lifts, swing stages, and scaffolding to review and document the dimensions and conditions of every stone. The extensive field information was converted into comprehensive bidding and construction documents. Extensive spreadsheets with repair and replacement quantities were developed and tied to plans and elevations with detailing of all necessary repairs and replacement. The thoroughness of the bid documents resulted in bids that were well below that estimated by the construction manager.

The phased four-year construction project began in early 2008 and was completed at the end of 2011. The exterior masonry restoration work included:

  • Dutchman Repairs
  • Hand Carving
  • Stone Stabilizations
  • Crack Repair
  • Patching
  • Repointing
  • Stone Cleaning
  • Flashing Installation